The Spring Hill College chapter of the Delta Chi Fraternity has changed its spring annual event. What used to be an event called “Bike Through the Night” has been replaced by the first Clovers for a Cure 5k race.
The Delta Chi Fraternity has been supporting the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research since their founding and will be donating all proceeds from the race to the foundation.
According to the foundation website, The V Foundation was founded by James Valvano, known as Jimmy V. Valvano was a college basketball coach, as well as a sports broadcaster. When he was diagnosed with a type of glandular cancer, Valvano partnered with ESPN to create a charity devoted to cancer research. In it’s 2016 financial report, the V Foundation stated that it raised $23,233,349 in gifts and charitable contributions alone, and an additional $2,382,365 from special events, license income and investment income.
Event organizer and member of Delta Chi, Andrew Risley, stated that he wanted to change the event to leave a legacy in his fraternity by starting a new annual event. “We had been getting by making $100 a year and giving it to cancer research,” Risley said, “My goal for the chapter is to raise $5,000.” Looking to the Greek women on campus for inspiration, Risley decided that a 5k would be the best option, hoping that it would not only attract SHC students, but Mobile residents as well. Risley said that Delta Chi has made enough money from its sponsors alone to not only pay for the cost of the races, but to give $2,000 to the Jimmy V Foundation. “So far, we are still on track to meet the $5,000 goal,” Risley said.
The race will be held on the SHC campus on March 17. The race will start at 7:30 a.m. and will start on the Avenue of Oaks and end in the same place. The closing ceremony will begin at 8:45. The top three finishers of each age group will win medals that correspond with their placement. The top three overall finishers will win gift cards.
Every race participant will receive a free box combo from Raising Cane’s upon signing up. To sign up please visit localraces.com. The deadline to register is March 15. The registration fee is $14 for students and $33 for the public.
If you cannot attend the race, but would like to show your support, the members of Delta Chi will be hosting a percentage night at Raising Cane’s on March 15 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.